First REpower turbine goes up at Germany's 60MW Alpha Ventus

Aufbau Offshore-Windpark Thornton Bank, Belgien1.Phase, 6 x Repower 5Mf¿r Repower Systems AG17.9.2008(c) Foto: Jan Oelker/Repower

The first of six REpower 5M turbines to be erected at Germany’s Alpha Ventus offshore project has gone up, with the full 60-megawatt (MW) wind farm on track to be exporting electricity by the end of the year, according to its developers.

The €250m ($366m) Alpha Ventus is unusual in that it will use six turbines made by REpower and six by Multibrid, a subsidiary of French nuclear giant Areva. Its developers are using it as a way of testing the durability and efficiency of two types of turbines and foundations in the harshest and deepest conditions ever seen for an offshore wind farm.

Since early September Norwegian contractor Norwind has been using the crane ship Thialf to install the six jacket-style foundations that will hold the REpower turbines in place in the North Log in to read complete article.

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